September, 1941: Mary arrives in war-torn London nursing a broken heart and a painful secret.
When she is offered her dream post as an assistant in the fabric department at Liberty store, she knows this is the fresh start she needs. Amid the store’s vibrant prints and sumptuous interiors, Mary finds a new family who can help her to heal.
But not everyone will give Mary such a warm welcome, and the trauma of her past will soon catch up with her.
As Mary and the Liberty Girls endure the heartache and uncertainty of war, it will take a steady heart to keep the magic of Christmas alive.
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Christmas At Liberty’s is a wonderful, magical book that I absolutely loved! I’ve always enjoyed a book that is set in a department store especially when it’s set in one as famous as Liberty’s!
The descriptions of the colourful displays and the lovely sense of togetherness that the staff had was fabulous to read about. The staff are a wonderful team and I enjoyed reading about all their interactions with each other. It was interesting to learn about the activities on offer for the staff outside of the shop and that they often competed in sports activities against the other big department stores around! I would have loved to have worked there too.
The author has created some truly fantastic characters in this book which I grew very fond of and was sorry to leave when the book ended. My favourite character was Mary as I admired her bravery and determination to start afresh. I felt very sorry for her regarding her mysterious past as I felt she was very embarrassed about it. Her lovely relationship with her landlady Dot and fellow lodger Alice were heartwarming to read about. I loved the descriptions of their home life together and watching Mary develop confidence in herself through them.
The story develops at a great pace that allows the reader to understand more about the characters and their lives so that they start to feel like old friends. I was soon totally absorbed in the story and felt like I was there with them watching it all unfold. The mystery surrounding Mary’s past was very intriguing and ensured that I kept reading to find out what had happened.
This is the first book by this author I have read and I can’t wait to read more from her. I’m very pleased that this is the start of a new series as it means I’ll be able to visit the characters and Liberty’s again.
Huge thanks to Arrow Publishers for my copy of this book via Netgalley. If you like absorbing, heartwarming books then you’ll love this book!
About The Author:
Fiona Ford is the author of the Liberty Girls series, which is set in London during the Second World War.
Fiona spent many years as a journalist writing for women’s weekly and monthly magazines. She has written two novels under the pseudonym, Fiona Harrison, as well as two sagas in her own name in the Spark Girls series.
Fiona lives in Berkshire with her partner.
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